Dance/fitness studio plan for Barrowford mill

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First floor offices at a Barrowford mill are suitable for conversion to a dance and fitness studio, a report to councillors meeting last night said.

Members of Pendle Council’s Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee were told by planning officer Alex Cameron that there had been two objections from residents to the proposed change of use at Lower Clough Mill in Pendle Street, and both Lancashire County Council and Barrowford Parish Council had also felt the planned use to be inappropriate.

People living nearby had objected on the grounds of noise nuisance caused by loud music, especially in the evenings and at weekends, and more traffic in an already congested area of the village.

But Mr Cameron said that council environmental health officers who had visited the site felt that noise levels generated by the planned use would be acceptable.

“They have advised that no conditions are necessary and that if noise issues should arise, they can be dealt with under their statutory nuisance powers,” he said.

The committee was recommended to grant planning permission.